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Staying safe on the road this Halloween

If you're still a little anxious about driving because you've recently been involved in a car crash, you likely aren't looking forward to driving on Halloween night. It can be a particularly dangerous time because of the number of cars as well as young pedestrians out and about.

If you have to be on the road that night, either because you can't leave work early or because you're driving your kids to a Halloween event, some simple precautions can help keep you -- and others -- safe.

Turn your headlights on -- Even if it's not dark yet, having your lights on can help you see and be seen. This is especially important in residential areas.

Don't pass stopped cars -- The driver might be dropping off or picking up kids, or they might be stopped because kids are crossing the street in front of them. Of course, people shouldn't be doing this in the middle of the street. If you're dropping off kids, pull over to the curb and put your hazard lights on until everyone is safely away from the street.

Continuously scan the road ahead -- Kids don't always cross at intersections and crosswalks. You never know when someone will dart out into the street, possibly from behind a parked car. It's also wise to drive under the posted speed limit so that you're more easily able to stop if you need to.

Be careful pulling into or out of the driveway -- Children often cut across lawns and driveways. Even if you have a backup camera, roll your windows down so that you can hear sounds around you and look over your shoulder as you back out.

Avoid distractions -- This is always a good idea. However, it's especially important when you have to be on the lookout for trick-or-treaters and you may well be sharing the road with drunk or otherwise-impaired drivers.

If you've suffered injuries in a crash caused by another driver, make sure that you get the compensation you need to cover your medical treatment, physical therapy, lost wages and other expenses and damages. If you're having difficulty getting that compensation, you may want to seek legal guidance.

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